Entries by Youth First


Using Social Media Responsibly

By Vicki Kirkman, LCSW, LCAC – Feb. 25, 2020 Everywhere you look you see people with their heads down staring at a bright screen, often consumed with the endless communication, information and entertainment that an electronic device provides.  Cell phones, tablets, smart watches and computers are everywhere!  Kids and teenagers growing up in this digital […]


Helping Your Child Learn Self-Control

By Teresa Mercer, LCSW, LCAC – Feb. 18, 2020 At some point most of us have probably lost some or all of our self-control. It may have involved our emotions, shopping, eating, or even something as simple as the urge to pop bubble wrap lying around. Losing self-control can create a lot of problems with […]


How Trauma Affects a Young Brain

By Jennifer Kurtz, LCSW – Feb. 4, 2020 Prior to working as a Youth First Social Worker I worked with the homeless for 7 years. I helped men, women, and children who were living in cars, hotels, shelters, or with family or friends in overcrowded homes.  While this is not healthy for an adult, it can […]

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Home Bank Awards $15,000 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Morgan County Students Home Bank has awarded a $15,000 gift to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Morgan County. The funds will help Youth First protect and heal the hearts of children through its highly impactful model of prevention. For […]


How to Talk to Your Children About School Safety

By Abby Betz, LSW – January 28, 2020 With high profile acts of violence on the rise, particularly in schools, it is important that parents and caregivers talk with children about these types of incidents and teach them ways to protect themselves.  Schools have been working to prevent violence and make schools safer places for […]


Everyday Gratitude Can Improve Your Life

By Leah Lottes , LSW – Jan. 21, 2020 For many, the recent holidays reminded us to be thankful no matter what our circumstances are, focusing on being thankful for what we have rather than what we don’t have. The holidays are a great time to express gratitude. However, expressing gratitude every day is even […]


Organization is Key to Your Teen’s Success

By Dawn Tedrow, LCSW – January 14, 2020 Many teens struggle with forgetting daily assignments and losing their homework, or they become overwhelmed thinking about the amount of work that needs to be completed. Being unorganized creates tremendous stress for people.  It is important to teach our students good organizational skills to not only reduce […]